Some of you out there are contemplating homeschooling your sons and daughter next Fall, due to the changes in the laws regarding vaccinations. Here are 5 tips to help you become a successful homeschool parent.
1. Figure out the homeschool regulations in your area. California has a new law that demands vaccinations for most children at certain points in their education. Homeschooling is the only arena that allows choices on vaccination. Of course there are doctor exemptions due to health situations where there is a possible danger to the child, due to family illnesses or weaknesses. Make sure you are following the guidelines and if using a homeschool program that is offered by the public schools, check them out ahead of time so that you are familiar with there curriculums and requirements for sending in completed work.
2. Choose an approach. There are Time4Learning programs, Charlotte Mason programs, and of course classical education programs. Experiment with a few until you find the right one. This way you will find the correct teaching method for your child. Traditional programs may be more book assignments and of course there are on line programs also. Know that you can supplement with some specialty tutors if needed. I have one parent who does the bulk of the work with her son, but brings him to me two hours a week so that he gets a fresh perspective.
There are things that are harder for mom to teach, and learning from another professional is sometimes helpful.
3. Get acquainted with the homeschoolers around you. You can join other people doing what you are doing and provide social activities for you and your child. I'm sure some old time homeschool parents have some great tips. As a side tip, ask around your neighborhood, are there other parents who feel it best to homeschool also? Pick the same program for homeschooling and work as a group. That way the responsibilities can be shared and frankly learning is much more fun with friends.
4. Pick a method to track progress. This can be done with projects, oral reports or old fashioned exams. Figure out which works best for you and your student You want to see the results from all your hard work and all your students hard work. Many of the homeschool programs allow your student to advance in some subjects if they want to. If reading is something your child does very well, by all means, the sky is the limit. Advance!!!
5. Have patience with yourself. Give it time. It can take a year to fully get grooved in. Do not think you can't do it, it just takes time and patience. Remember why you are doing this, for your child's future and safety.
Well, that's it for today. Please feel free to contact me with questions or topics of interest. I have a small group chat, Pattschats, please email me and I am happy to enter you into this closed group. It is my pleasure to help if possible! If any of you would like to speak with me, just email me and I will email you back setting up a time to talk.